The design of the next-gen Corsa was overhauled when PSA acquired Vauxhall/Opel
Aluminium powertrains shared with the Peugeot 208 contribute to a weight saving of as much as 108kg
The sixth-generation Vauxhall Corsa, due in dealerships this summer time, weighs as much as 108kg lower than the outgoing mannequin.
Vauxhall claims that, relying on specification, the brand new supermini can weigh as little as 980kg - roughly 130kg lower than the lightest Ford Fiesta.
The load loss comes courtesy of latest high-strength metal bodywork, light-weight inside insulation supplies and a spread of all-aluminium powertrains.
Just like the range-topping variant of the present Insignia, the brand new Corsa will characteristic an aluminium bonnet weighing 2.4kg lower than the metal unit fitted to the present mannequin, as proven in a breakdown of weight financial savings revealed by the producer (under).
Latest spy pictures of the upcoming Volkswagen Polo rival present a design that shares cues with the just lately revealed Peugeot 208, which makes use of the identical underpinnings.
It is the primary mainstream Vauxhall produced completely beneath the model's new proprietor, the PSA Group, and is essential to Vauxhall and Opel's success given the automobile's historic recognition. It'll even be each manufacturers' first mannequin to be offered with a battery-electric variant.
A preview picture, launched earlier this 12 months, confirmed the Corsa's headlights will characteristic adaptive-beam full LED expertise - claimed to be a phase first. Often the protect of premium fashions, the LEDs are in a position to constantly adapt the complete beam sample to cease it from inflicting glare to oncoming site visitors.
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The Corsa will set the tone for a brand new wave of Vauxhall/Opel fashions, every of which might be overhauled due to entry to new platforms, engines and which can be additionally used throughout the group’s different automobile manufacturers: Peugeot, Citroën and DS.
The brand new Corsa has been developed in an unusually quick time. When it's unveiled, lower than two years could have elapsed since work started, simply because the deal to purchase Vauxhall/Opel was being agreed between PSA and Common Motors.
The fast turnaround is because of PSA reversing the unique resolution for the following Corsa to be based mostly on GM’s structure. As soon as PSA had taken over Vauxhall/Opel, it could have been required to pay a licensing price to GM to make use of the platform, one thing boss Carlos Tavares is eager to keep away from.
Vauxhall/Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has beforehand advised Autocar that the brand new Corsa won't be compromised in any means.
"It’s true that we had a model able to go, and you may’t simply stretch a design to suit a brand new platform," he stated, "however the groups have performed a unbelievable job in report time to make sure that the automobile is on schedule.”
The brand new Corsa might be based mostly on PSA’s Frequent Modular Platform (CMP), a front-wheel-drive structure. The Corsa can even dip into PSA’s engine line-up and is more likely to undertake the turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit in quite a lot of energy outputs.
Remark: PSA plans for a greater Vauxhall Corsa
Regardless of the swap to a brand new platform, the Mk6 Corsa’s dimensions are understood to intently match the outgoing mannequin’s. Vauxhall selected to launch the present Corsa in 2014 with near-identical dimensions to its predecessor, as a result of the corporate felt it was the perfect dimension for patrons. This technique is predicted to proceed. The present Corsa is 4021mm lengthy, 1736mm vast and 1479mm tall, dimensions that make it barely longer and taller, however narrower, than the present 208.
The design of the Corsa was set to be evolutionary earlier than the plan for a GM-derived mannequin was axed. Now, to mark a brand new period for the mannequin beneath PSA possession, the styling guarantees to mark a departure from its conventional look. Nonetheless, if the Grandland X SUV is something to go by, its relationship with PSA will end in a design much less radical than the brand new 208.
The three-door Corsa might be axed, reflecting an business pattern to discontinue such bodystyles, that are much less fashionable with patrons. Producing solely a five-door Corsa can even assist Vauxhall/Opel’s drive for better effectivity and elevated profitability.
Inside, the Corsa will obtain PSA’s acquainted touchscreen infotainment system, however the general really feel of the inside is predicted to be distinct from that of its French siblings. Vauxhall’s new grille and lights design and all-glass fascia panel are anticipated to be launched.
Not lengthy after the debut of the usual Corsa this 12 months, an electrical model might be launched, named eCorsa. Though the Peugeot 208 will get an electrical variant first, it and the Corsa might be among the many choose few within the supermini phase to undertake electrified powertrains. Key rivals such because the Ford Fiesta will not be anticipated to go electrical for a few years but.
The electrical vary of the eCorsa is more likely to be about 210 miles, consistent with zero-emissions rivals such because the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.
The present Corsa was as soon as the UK’s second-best-selling automobile however is at the moment fifth within the gross sales charts, promoting lower than half of the Fiesta’s gross sales complete every month. The brand new model might be constructed on the Zaragoza plant in Spain.
The worth of the brand new Corsa is predicted to rise barely over in the present day’s £13,575 start line for the five-door mannequin however nonetheless undercut the 208.
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